Alastair Wilson

Chief Executive, School for Social Entrepreneurs

Having worked extensively in the private sector, Alastair became a student of the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) in 1998. Having established and run his own project, he returned to SSE as CEO in 2004.

SSE’s core expertise is a year-long ‘action learning’ programme tailored to social entrepreneurs, focusing on building business capacity and personal leadership skills. Under Alastair’s stewardship, the school has grown considerably, from its base in London to 12 locations in the UK, 5 in Australia and one in Canada. As well as growing the schools, Alastair has substantially grown income, award winning partnerships and extensive networks, ensuring SSE continues to go from strength to strength. Alastair is also a trustee of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation and Tonic Housing CIC.


Alex Campsie

Alex is a third-year PhD student in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, working on the intellectual, political and cultural history of Modern Britain. His current research examines British left-wing debates about class, social change and ‘everyday life’ in the post-war period. A previous project, which focused heavily on Michael Young’s early career, examined sociological understandings of class between the late 1920s and the early 1950s – and an article on this is forthcoming in the English Historical Review.


Alice Sachrajda

Alice is an experienced researcher specialising in qualitative research methods and innovative research outputs. She is working on the Young Foundation’s Cities Programme delivering participatory research programmes and co-producing transformative narratives of regional change.

Prior to working at the Young Foundation, Alice was a senior researcher at the Institute for Public Policy Research. Her work included IPPR’s flagship report on integration: ‘Shared Ground: Strategies for living well together in an era of high immigration’ and Be Here Now, a graphic novel which accompanies the Shared Ground report.

Alice has a BA in Law with French from the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.


Andrea Westall

Andrea Westall is a Strategy and Policy Consultant and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Open University. She has been Head of One Planet Economy at WWF, Deputy Director of the New Economics Foundation, Policy Director of Entrepreneurship at the London Business School, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research, as well as working in journalism, television and publishing. Her interests include: sustainable development; public policy; entrepreneurship (including social and environmental); local economic development; innovation; and civil society. She has also been part of Boards, Commissions and Taskforces, as well as a government adviser. Examples include a Chinese Taskforce on the tensions and synergies between Social Development and Environmental Protection, a Founding Board Director of the Social Enterprise Coalition (now SEUK), and partner in the start-up of one of the first social investment initiatives in the UK, the Adventure Capital Fund.


Camilla Lewis

Camilla Lewis’s research focuses on urban regeneration, community, social change and class. In 2014 she completed a PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester in which she conducted an ethnographic study in East Manchester. Since then she has worked as a Research Associate in CRESC (Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change) carrying out research on Big Data and Urban Waste Management. She is currently working on the Step Change project in the Sociology Department at the University of Manchester which is a study about travel, transport and mobility.


Ceri Goddard

Ceri is Director of Gender at the Young Foundation and leads our work to tackle structural gender inequalities. She was previously CEO of the Fawcett Society, a leading policy authority and advocate for gender equality. Prior to this as Acting Director and Head of Practice at the British Institute of Human Rights she led national initiatives to bring human rights to life in areas including Education, Health, poverty and community empowerment. At Ireland’s Combat Poverty Agency she developed and delivered national and cross border initiatives to support the participation of traditionally marginalized groups in public policy making. She also spent several years in community development and is a previous chair of the Women’s Resource Centre. She has a PG Dip in Women’s Studies and is a fellow of the Royal Society Of Arts.


Chris Renwick

Chris Renwick is a historian of Britain since the early nineteenth century. His main area of expertise is the relationship between biology, social science, and politics, in particular how the interaction of the three has shaped the way we think about, study, and govern society. His work on these subjects has received international and interdisciplinary recognition. He was given the Forum for the History of the Human Science’s prestigious John C. Burnham Early Career Award in 2012 and his first book was shortlisted for the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams Memorial Prize in 2013.


Clare Rishbeth

Clare Rishbeth is a lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield, UK. Her research focuses on everyday use of urban places, often foregrounding interactions of memory and belonging for first generation migrants. She enjoys using collaborative and creative arts processes to articulate nuanced narratives of landscape experience. Originally a practicing landscape architect, her work explores implications for design, planning and management of public spaces. She is the Principal Investigator on the AHRC funded Bench Project.


Danny Kruger

Danny is Chief Executive of the West London Zone for Children and Young People. From 2008-2015 he was Chief Executive of criminal justice charity Only Connect, which he founded with his wife Emma, a former teacher.
Before working at Only Connect Danny was Director of Studies at the Centre for Policy Studies, Chief Leader-Writer at the Daily Telegraph, and Special Adviser to David Cameron MP as Leader of the Opposition.
Danny read History at Edinburgh University and received a DPhil in History from Oxford University in 2000.


Geoff Mulgan

Geoff Mulgan is Chief Executive of Nesta (the UK’s National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts). Nesta combines investment in early stage companies, grant programmes in fields ranging from health and education to the arts and giving, and research. From 2004-2011 Geoff was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, which became a leading centre for social innovation, combining research, creation of new ventures and practical projects.

Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office. Before that he was the founder and director of the think-tank Demos. He has also been Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP; a lecturer in telecommunications; an investment executive; and a reporter on BBC TV and radio. He is a visiting professor at LSE, UCL, Melbourne University and a regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy. He is an adviser to many governments around the world, and has been a board member of the Work Foundation, the Health Innovation Council, Political Quarterly and the Design Council, and chair of Involve. He is currently Chair of the Studio Schools Trust.

His books include The Locust and the Bee – a study on the future of economic growth (Princeton University Press, March 2013), The Art of Public Strategy – Mobilising Power and Knowledge for the Public Good (OUP, 2008), Good and Bad Power: the ideals and betrayals of government (Penguin, 2006) and Connexity (Harvard Business Press and Jonathon Cape, 1998).


Glenys Thornton

In June 2015, the Board appointed Glenys Thornton as Chief Executive.

Glenys has had a career in the voluntary, co-operative and private sectors for over 30 years, starting at Gingerbread, then the Citizens Advice Bureau and leaving them to work as Project Director at the Institute for Community Studies and Mutual Aid Centre from 1978 – 1981. Her job was to test and pilot the social innovation ideas arising out of the research conducted by Michael Young.

Glenys founded what became Social Enterprise UK in 2001 and chaired the organisation until January 2008. She also founded the All Party Parliamentary Group for Social Enterprise. In 2010 she became one of three Patrons of SEUK and in that capacity Glenys has been active in building what is now the Social Economy. Over the years Glenys has been a Trustee of Action for Children, Jamie Oliver’s 15 Foundation, Training for Life, and of course The Young Foundation.

She was appointed Health Minister in the House of Lords. She also had responsibility for Women and Equalities in the Lords, and helped to put through the Equality Act of 2010.

In 2010 she became the Shadow Health Minister and in May 2012, Glenys changed jobs and became the Women and Equalities Shadow Minister.


Gorka Espiau

Gorka Espiau Idoiaga is the Director of Innovation for Cities and Regions at The Young Foundation and a Senior Fellow at the Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies, a Columbia University (AC4-Earth Institute) and the University of the Basque Country partnership to share internationally the Basque case of socio-economic transformation under extreme difficulties. Gorka is also a founding partner of Social Innovation Laboratory Koop, a Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) country ambassador and a member of the International Advisory Group of INCORE (University of Ulster and United Nations University).

Previously he was the Head of International Programmes at Innovalab (Bilbao Social Innovation Park), and served as Special Adviser to the Executive Office of the Basque President. Gorka Espiau is a former Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and a former Senior Associate to CICR (Columbia University). He initiated his professional career in Elkarri, the Movement for Dialogue and Accord in the Basque Country. Gorka is the author of “Pluja Seca” (TV3 2011) and “Parlem les Lluls” (TV3 2012) documentaries.


Helen McCarthy

Helen McCarthy is Senior Lecturer at the School of History at Queen Mary University of London, and Deputy Director of the Mile End Institute. She is the author of two books: The British People and the League of Nations: Citizenship, Democracy and Internationalism c.1918-1945 (Manchester, 2011) and Women of the World: The Rise of the Female Diplomat (Bloomsbury, 2014). She is currently writing a history of working motherhood in Britain since the Industrial Revolution. Helen is Managing Editor of the journal Twentieth Century British History and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


Helen Saddler

Founder and CEO
Helen is the Director and Founder of Inclusive Classrooms. She has spent a significant amount of time in mainstream primary schools across England since 2007, when she began her Primary Education degree to gain Qualified Teacher Status.

She undertook a Masters at the University of Cambridge in 2011, into the role of Teaching Assistants and their influence on the social inclusion of pupils identified with SEN.

Currently, she is in the final stages of her PhD in Education, through the University of York. This in-depth study into the role of TAs has formed the basis of her programmes offered by Inclusive Classrooms.

She has extensive experience of working in Government. In 2013, Helen worked in the Youth Policy Team at the Cabinet Office. In her role as Policy Advisor, she led a project focused on character skill development with young people.
Helen currently works part time at Greater London Authority, as a Senior Policy and Projects Officer. She is responsible for developing a plan to expand their investment in Early Years, and also works on supporting children.


Jenny Connick

Jenny Connick is the founder of Talentino®!, a business with a strong social mission to improve the social, educational and economic outcomes of ALL young people including those with learning difficulties through high quality early career coaching. Talentino®! trains people from schools, Special Schools, Housing Associations and Business to become qualified early career coaches to run their programmes with unique research based resources. The programme has attracted quality awards from the CDI, EMCC and is formally CPD certified. Winning a place on the Young Foundation Accelerator programme in October 2013 enabled Jenny to learn more about Social Enterprise and innovation. She then won places and successfully pitched for social investment funding on the Big Venture Challenge and Big Issue programmes in 2014. Talentino®! is currently on the Ernst and Young Foundation Programme for Social Entrepreneurs. With a career history as a HR Director, Jenny was well placed to design a Career Development process to work with young people incorporating some of the principles and ideas from business. Working both internationally and in the UK, her background in Organisational Development, Change Management and Learning and Development extends over 30 years. Jenny has broadened her knowledge through gaining the CIPD and studying for a Masters in Strategic HR as well as attending the Executive HR Course at Harvard Business School. She has been commissioned to write two careers books which will be published in 2016, a very topical Is Going to Uni worth it? and STEM Careers – Employers want you! . Jenny has four sons and is a School Governor at a large Special School.


Jon Huggett

Jon Huggett is Chair of SIX, the Social Innovation Exchange, which brings together social innovators worldwide. In 2013 Jon helped SIX spin out of The Young Foundation, where he is a Fellow.

Jon has served as board chair of other social innovations in the UK and the US: All Out, the global campaign for LGBT equality; Khulisa, the UK crime prevention charity; the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration; and The STOP AIDS Project.

Jon also advises social enterprises and social innovators globally. His clients include Nesta, the Wikimedia Foundation, and the Open Society Institute. He is member of the National Leadership Council of Social Ventures Australia, and Fellow of the Young Foundation.

Jon was a Partner with The Bridgespan Group in San Francisco and New York. Prior, he was a Partner with Bain & Company in Johannesburg and Toronto.

Jon’s writing has been published in The Guardian and around the world.

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June O’Sullivan

June O’Sullivan MBE is Chief Executive of the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), which runs 33 nurseries across eight London boroughs.

An inspiring speaker, author and regular commentator on Early Years, Social Business and Child Poverty, June has been instrumental in achieving a major strategic and cultural shift for the award winning London Early Years Foundation, resulting in increased profile and profitability over the past eight years.

As CEO of the UK’s leading childcare charity and social enterprise since 2006, June continues to break new ground in the development of LEYF’s scalable social business model. She remains a tireless campaigner, looking for new ways to influence policy and make society a better place for all children and families.

June is a champion of community-based, multi-generational projects and a great believer in the potential of greater social and cultural capital as a means of delivering long-term social impact. She continues to advise the Government in order to better implement their vision for Early Years.

June is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Director of Early Arts, Council Member of the Early Intervention Foundation, Chair of Paddington Farm Trust, and Founding Member of International for Early Years. June was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours in 2013, for her services to London’s children. She was awarded the Social Enterprise UK Women’s Champion Award in November 2014 and in February 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Middlesex.

June continues to work closely with the Government in order to better implement their vision for Early Years, to improve quality and promote a better understanding of the incredible long-term benefits of play-based Early Years education. June is a published author, with an MA in Primary & Early Childhood Studies and MBA from London South Bank University.


Kate Gavron

Kate was associated with the Institute of Community Studies and the Mutual Aid Centre since 1992 and she was a Trustee of the Young Foundation until 2009.

Her PhD and subsequent research related to race, community and conflict in east London and she co-authored The New East End with Geoff Dench and Michael Young, which was published in February 2006 by Profile Books. She also co-edited Young at 80: the prolific public life of Michael Young with Geoff Dench and Tony Flower.

Before reading Social Anthropology at the LSE she had a career in book publishing and she currently chairs the Folio Society and Carcanet Press. She is also a Trustee of Reprieve and Ballet Boyz and in the past she was a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust.


Kieron Williams

Kieron leads The Young Foundation’s work to grow social innovation in Northern Ireland and Wales. He has spent well over a decade working with local partnerships across the UK to develop new ways of tackling inequality and is a passionate advocate for citizen led approaches that bring people together to build movements for change. In a career that has spanned local and national government, the health service and the voluntary sector he has applied this approach to almost every aspect of inequality from housing to employment and early childhood to old age.


Laura Osborne

Laura is the Head of Corporate Affairs at Which? and leads a team with a focus on communications, influencing, partnerships and PR support. Laura is an experienced communications professional with over 10 years’ experience in stakeholder engagement, media relations, reputation management, team development and strategic advice. Educated at the University of York, Laura began her career in consultancy before joining the Civil Service, working for the Office of Fair Trading and Department for Business.


Lawrence Black

Lawrence Black is Professor of Modern History at the University of York. His work on the history of modern British political culture, the political left, consumerism and shopping has involved multiple encounters with Michael Young, notably in his 2010 book, Redefining British Politics: Culture, Consumerism and Participation, 1954-70.


Lise Butler

‘Lise Butler is a historian of British political and intellectual history with a particular interest in left-wing politics, public policy, and the history of the social sciences. Her Oxford doctorate ‘Michael Young, Social Science and the British Left, 1945-63’ was completed in 2015 and is currently being considered for publication by Oxford University Press, and she has published on Michael Young and the origins of the Institute of Community Studies in the journal Twentieth Century British History. She is currently a lecturer in history at Pembroke College, Oxford.’


Lisa McKenzie

Lisa Mckenzie is a research fellow in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics and a community and political activist, working on issues of social inequality and class stratification through ethnographic research. Her recent book was published January 2015 titled “Getting By’ Class inequity in Austerity Britain. Lisa brings an unusual and innovative approach to research by means of her extensive experience of bringing the academic world and local community together.


Mariana Mazzucato

Professor Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) holds the RM Phillips chair in the Economics of Innovation at SPRU in the University of Sussex. She has held academic positions at the University of Denver, London Business School, Open University, and Bocconi University. Her recent book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (Anthem, 2013) was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. It focuses on the need to develop new frameworks to understand the role of the state in economic growth—and how to enable rewards from innovation to be just as ‘social’ as the risks taken. A US edition, featuring a new introduction, will be published on 27th October 2015 by Public Affairs. Professor Mazzucato is winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy and in 2013 the New Republic called her one of the ‘3 most important thinkers about innovation’.

She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led growth and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Economics of Innovation; a permanent member of the European Commission’s expert group on Innovation for Growth (RISE), a member of the UK Labour Party’s Economic Advisory Committee and a member of SITRA’s (the Finnish Innovation Fund) Advisory Panel.

Her research focuses on the relationship between financial markets, innovation, and economic growth—at the company, industry and national level. Her current projects on Innovation-fuelled, Sustainable, Inclusive Growth (ISIGrowth) and Distributed Global Financial Systems for Society (DOLFINS) are funded by the EU Horizon 2020 initiative. Between 2009-2012 she directed a large 3 year European Commission FP7 funded project on Finance and Innovation (FINNOV). Her recent project on Financing Innovation was funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and her project on Finance and Mission Oriented Investments was funded by the Ford Foundation’s Reforming Global Financial Governance initiative. She is currently working on various research projects commissioned by organizations including NASA, and the Brazilian Ministry for Science and Technology.

Her research outputs, media engagement (including a recent interview with the FT), and talks (including her TED Global talk), can be found on her website.


Mark Goldie

Mark Goldie is Professor Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Churchill College. His main field of research is politics, religion, and ideas in Early Modern Britain, but he has a close interest in mid-20th century Britain too. He is writing a history of the origins of Churchill College, where Michael Young was a founding Fellow (1961-5) and later an Honorary Fellow. It was at Churchill that Michael began experiments in higher education that led to the Open University.

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Matthew Hilton

Matthew Hilton is Professor of Social History at the University of Birmingham. His work focuses on the history of humanitarianism, consumer society and on the history of social activism and non-governmental organisations, both in Britain and globally. He is the author of several books and articles including Consumerism in Twentieth Century Britain (Cambridge, 2003), Prosperity for All (Cornell, 2009) and The Politics of Expertise (Oxford, 2013), as well as editor of several books and special collections, including one on Michael Young (Contemporary British History, 2005). He is currently an editor of Past and Present and is working on a history of aid and development charities at the end of empire.


Mike Savage

Mike Savage joined the LSE in September 2012 and is the Martin White Professor of Sociology and Head of the Sociology Department. Previously he was Professor at the University of Manchester, where he had been Director of the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) from 2004 to 2010, and Professor at the University of York, where he founded the European Centre for Cultural Exploration from 2010-2012. His research interests are in class and stratification, especially their cultural and historical dimensions. He has published over 70 articles (including in American Journal of Sociology, European Sociological Review, Poetics, Cultural Sociology, and British Journal of Political Science) and 20 books, with a major focus on cultural sociology, recently including Culture, Class, Distinction (Bennett, Savage, Silva, Warde, Gayo-Cal and Wright, Routledge 2010); Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940: the politics of method Oxford 2010). He has been Visiting Professor (and Fulbright Scholar) at University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), Sciences Po, and Bergen, and is a Fellow of the British Academy. He became Co-Director of the LSE’s International Inequalities Institute in 2015.

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Nat Defriend

Nat leads The Young Foundation’s work to tackle inequalities in English cities. Following a career as a criminal justice practitioner and manager in London, he spent 8 years in senior leadership positions within central government where he delivered national transformation programmes to improve the youth justice system built on partnerships between national and local government, and the commercial and voluntary sectors. As the leader of the Young Foundation’s work in Sheffield and Leeds, Nat co-ordinates the design and delivery of our city-based approach to tackling inequality, building strong coalitions of local partners, and ensuring that the voices of citizens, neighbourhoods and communities are heard by city leaders and policy makers


Natalie Campbell

Natalie Campbell is a social entrepreneur, author and business coach. She is Founding Partner at A Very Good Company, a social innovation agency. Natalie is currently the Director of Kensington Creates a business incubator and co-working space for creative and EdTech startups. She is also a Trustee of UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, Chair of NCVYS and has previously held board positions with The Consortium for Street Children, The British Youth Council (Vice-Chair Campaigns and Communications) VInspired, iCould and Wayra UnLtd a ‘tech for good’ accelerator programme funded by O2 Telefonica and the Cabinet Office. Natalie is a Fellow of the Clore Social Leadership Programme and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.


Pat Colgan

From 2004 to 2015, Pat Colgan served as Chief Executive of the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), which was set up by the British and Irish Governments to manage the PEACE Programmes and INTERREG Programmes in Northern Ireland, Ireland and parts of Western Scotland. During that time he was the Accounting Officer for over €2 billion in EU funding, distributed through over 8,000 projects. He is an expert in the design and delivery of EU Structural Funds programmes in cross-border, transnational and inter-regional cooperation in areas as diverse as local and regional government, enterprise, environment, health, peace-building. Prior to joining the SEUPB, he worked in Vienna for the Austrian Institute for Spatial Planning and Regional Development, where he was involved in the creation of the INTERACT Programme, which was set up by the European Commission to provide technical assistance to EU Programmes in all Member States of the EU. He has worked with public and private organisations in most European countries and enjoys working in a number of different languages, including Spanish, Italian, French and German. He holds MA Degree in Philosophy and a MSc. Econ from Trinity College in Dublin.


Pat Thane

Pat Thane (MA, PH.D, FBA) is Research Professor in Contemporary History, Kings College, London. Her publications include: The Foundations of the Welfare State (2nd ed. 1996); ‘The women of the British Labour Party and Feminism, 1906-1945’ in H.L.Smith ed. British Feminism in the Twentieth Century (1990); Old Age in England. Past Experiences, Present Issues (2000); Labour’s First Century. The Labour Party, 1900-2000 ed with D. Tanner and N. Tiratsoo. (2000); Women and Citizenship in Britain and Ireland in the Twentieth Century. What Difference did the Vote Make? co-ed with Esther Breitenbach (2010); Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth Century Britain with Tanya Evans (2012).


Paul Watt

Paul Watt is Reader in Urban Studies in the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. His research focusses on social and spatial inequalities in cities, especially London and South East England. His present research focuses on housing in London including state-led gentrification in relation to regeneration and social housing. Forthcoming publications include The Life and Death of London’s Council Estates (Policy Press), and two co-edited books, London 2012 and the Post-Olympics City: A Hollow Legacy? (Palgrave Macmillan, with Phil Cohen), and Urban Renewal and Social Housing: A Cross-National Perspective (Emerald, with Peer Smets). Paul is co-author (with Tim Butler) of Understanding Social Inequality (Sage, 2007), and co-editor (with Peer Smets) of Mobilities and Neighbourhood Belonging in Cities and Suburbs (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). He has published in various journals including International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Studies and Visual Studies. He is on the editorial board of City and is Board Member of the Research Committee on Sociology of Urban and Regional Development (RC21), International Sociological Association.


Peter Horrocks

Peter Horrocks took up the post of the sixth Vice-Chancellor of The Open University in May 2015. He also serves as Chairman of the Board for FutureLearn; a private company wholly owned by The Open University, which provides free online courses in partnership with over 50 universities and institutions worldwide.

In June 2015 Peter was awarded a CBE for Services to Broadcasting in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

As Vice-Chancellor, Peter is the chief academic and administrative officer of the University, responsible for providing strategic leadership through his senior executive team, championing the interests of the institution at the highest levels with government, policy makers and funders, and ensuring the long term financial and operational sustainability of the OU.

The UK’s largest academic institution, The Open University has been transforming the lives of millions of people for over forty years, harnessing innovative technologies to provide high-quality, flexible and inspiring part-time higher education to learners world-wide. Nearly 200,000 people are currently studying for qualifications with the OU, with millions more watching the University’s TV programmes, produced in partnership with the BBC, and using free learning resources on iTunes U, Open Learn and FutureLearn.

Peter arrived at the OU after a career with the BBC spanning more than three decades. As Director of the BBC World Service Group, the world’s most respected news brand, he was responsible for leading the BBC’s international news services across radio, television and online, and his team provided trusted news to over a quarter of a billion people globally every week. He had responsibility for a global workforce of 3000, based in 113 countries delivering over 83,000 hours of content each year in 28 different languages, with annual revenues exceeding £400m.

Peter’s not-for-profit experience is through his chairmanship of the BBC Media Action Board of Trustees, the BBC’s £40m per annum international development charity that delivers social transformation through media skills and communication in the world’s poorest countries.

A future-focussed leader, Peter is in demand as a speaker at international conferences for his comprehensive vision of how organisations in many sectors need to constantly adapt to cope with a digital world.

Educated at the independent King’s College School in Wimbledon and Christ’s College, the University of Cambridge, Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree in History. He enjoys running, skiing, cycling and tennis and is married with three children.


Philip Cohen

Phil Cohen is a research fellow at the Young Foundation, Visiting Professor at Birkbeck, Emeritus at UEL and research director of LivingMaps, a network of academics, artists and activists concerned to develop a critical social mapping of the city. His many books include Knuckle Sandwich: growing up in the working class city, Rethinking the Youth Question: education, labour and cultural studies, MultiRacist Britain, London’s Turning:the making of Thames Gateway, On the Wrong Side of the Track?:East London and the Post Olympics, and Reading Room Only: Memoir of a radical bibliophile. He is currently developing an approach to participatory mapping designed to support a pro-active response to regeneration on the part of working class communities in London faced with gentrification.

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Radhika Bynon

Radhika is Director of The U, which strengthens neighbourliness through community-based learning sessions, working with over 2000 people in 12 localities around the country.

She leads on the engagement work on the Places Programme, working in Northern Ireland and Leeds to support communities to develop innovative solutions to tackling inequality. She leads Share-To-Know, our peer learning programme working with partners in Berlin and Stockholm. She also leads The Bench, using ethnography to understand how public space is used and the way that the current practice of removing benches excludes many people from everyday social interactions.

She worked on Better By Design, using social design approaches to support the voluntary sector in Scotland towards increased sustainability. She led our work on the Cabinet Office Community First programme, providing support to panels of local volunteers in 600 communities who distributed £30million in small grants.

Prior to joining the Young Foundation Radhika worked with the Prime Minister’s Council on Social Action, working with innovators from business, government and the voluntary sector scale social action across the country. She also led a national initiative supporting over 1000 secondary schools to deliver strong community programmes.

She was CEO of Mental Health Media, and is a trustee at Community Links, a large multi-purpose charity in Newham and Chair of Asha Trust in Sri Lanka.


Randeep Ramesh

Randeep Ramesh is social affairs editor for the Guardian, where he specialises in investigating public policy. He was the paper’s south Asia correspondent for six years and before that a leader writer for the paper, specialising in globalisation. He has edited the Guardian’s instant history on the Iraq war and worked on the Finance and Home news desks of the paper.

Educated at Trinity College Cambridge and Imperial College London, he has won Scoop of the Year and What the Papers Say Investigation of the Year for work on parliamentary lobbying scandals.


Ros Morpeth

Dr Ros Morpeth is the CEO of the National Extension College, a not-for-profit distance learning organisation that was set up by Michael Young in 1963 as a pilot for the OU. NEC aims to offer second chance learning opportunities to anyone who missed out the first time round, or cannot access mainstream education. Ros has been involved with NEC since 1987 and describes working with Michael Young as both a pleasure and a privilege. Ros left school at 17 and was a second chance learner herself, returning to study anthropology at Cambridge University’s New Hall as a mature student. In 2002, she was chosen as one of five Britons to become an honorary fellow of the Commonwealth of Learning, receiving the honour at an international awards ceremony in Durban, South Africa. In 1994 she received an honorary doctorate from the OU for services to distance learning. Ros stepped down from NEC after 16 years as executive director in 2003 to follow her interests in international education. She returned to NEC in December 2011 to start the process of rebuilding the college following an unfortunate merger with the Learning and Skills Network. In 2014 she was named the Further Education Leader of the Year by the Times Educational Supplement, and received an OBE for services to further education in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

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Rushanara Ali

Rushanara Ali has served as a Labour Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow since May 2010. Rushanara has served on the Labour front bench as both Shadow Minister for International Development and Shadow Minister for Education. She was a member of the Treasury Select Committee until May 2015 and currently serves on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee.
Prior to her election in May 2010, Rushanara was Associate Director of the Young Foundation, where she co-founded UpRising, Maslaha, and the Social Innovation Exchange. Rushanara has also worked at the Home Office, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (1999-2002) and as Parliamentary Assistant for Oona King, former MP for Bethnal Green & Bow (1997-1999). Rushanara also worked as the Research Assistant to Lord Young of Dartington helping him to set up Futureversity (formerly known as Tower Hamlets Summer University) and Language Line, a national telephone interpreting company.


Sarah Veale

Sarah Veale recently retired from her role as Head of Equality and Employment Rights at the Trades Union Congress. Sarah had worked at the TUC since 1985 in a number of different roles. At the TUC Sarah was most recently responsible for strategic management of the organisation’s work on equality and trade union and employment rights. Before that she worked in other policy areas, including the health service and education and training.

Sarah is currently a Board member at the HSE and at the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She is also a member of the Regulatory Policy Committee – the body that provides independent assessment of Government regulatory and de-regulatory proposals.

In the past Sarah has been a member of the ACAS Council and the Women’s National Commission.

Sarah was awarded the CBE in June 2006 for services to diversity. In 2012 Sarah was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Laws by Oxford Brookes University.


Simon Tucker

Simon Tucker helps nurture and realise innovative new initiatives and institutions in the fields of education and health, and advises governments, NGOs and corporations on how to do this too. As well as freelance consultancy, he is currently leading transformation of the way the elderly are cared for in West London – as Chair of the West London Integrated Care Pioneer – and opening a free school – as Chair of the Charter School East Dulwich. He is a trustee of LankellyChase Foundation.

Simon worked at the Young Foundation from 2005 to 2013. First as Director of Ventures, then Managing Director and finally Chief Executive, he helped create an institution to build on the legacy of Michael Young. During this period, the Young Foundation created nine new social ventures itself and helped to incubate or scale over one hundred others. Perhaps the most successful venture to date is Studio Schools, initially developed by Simon and others as a concept for a radically new kind of school to teach the skills really needed to flourish as an adult in the 21st Century, as well as providing a good academic or vocational education. There are now nearly fifty Studio Schools throughout England.

Before the Young Foundation, Simon worked variously as a barrister, strategy consultant, social entrepreneur, and manager in a youth charity.


Stephen Bediako

Stephen is a leading figure in the drive towards establishing an evidence-based approach to social programmes. He is the founder and chief executive of The Social Innovation Partnership, responsible for setting the organisation’s strategic direction and leading on product development. He is also the co-director of Project Oracle and a Trustee of Chance UK and Centre for London.

Stephen has over ten years’ experience in strategy and policy, having previously worked at iMPOWER, Deloitte, Tribal, the Home Office and the House of Parliament, as well as for Barack Obama’s 2012 Presidential Campaign. He volunteered in Africa with VSO and currently volunteers as a school governor and an UpRising mentor for the Young Foundation.

Stephen holds a BSc in Politics and History from Brunel University, and an MSc in Public Policy from LSE. He is Prince2 Certified and Lean Six Sigma trained. He has also completed the Common Purpose American Express Leadership course and the Goldman Sachs and UCL Advances 10,000 Small Business Leaders Programme.


Tim Allan

Tim Allan is the managing director of the communications consultancy Portland. Tim founded Portland in 2001 after a career spanning business and political communications.

He spent six years working for Tony Blair in Opposition and then in 10 Downing Street. He was a key media adviser during the 1997 election campaign and then served as Deputy Press Secretary in Number 10 during the early period of the Blair government.

Following that he was appointed Director of Corporate Communications at BSkyB plc, responsible for corporate and financial communication during the launch of digital television in the UK.

He is a graduate of Cambridge University and of INSEAD where he received his MBA in 2000. He now divides his time between Portland’s London and New York offices.

Tim is the chair of the board of trustees of the Young Foundation.

Victoria Boelman

Victoria heads up the Young Foundation research team, overseeing a diverse range of projects. She is currently Principal Investigator on an ESRC funded project in Wales looking at experiences of high cost credit users and the potential for viable alternatives. Victoria also leads our work on the theory of social innovation. She is the YF research lead on SI-Drive, an EU FP7 project exploring the relationship between social innovation and social change. Her main focus is on social innovation in health and social care across the world.

Prior to joining The Young Foundation, worked for a private consultancy as a Research Director for public and third sector clients, with a particular focus on research for policy development to protect vulnerable consumers and patient groups. She was also previously Research Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support researching a wide range of health and social care policy issues.
Victoria has a BA in Geography and Hispanic Studies from The University of Birmingham and an MSc in Applied Social Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London.